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MAY24

Disaster Relief Is Badly Needed, But Congress Continues To Make Impacted Communities Wait

After being caught up in partisan gridlock for several months, a disaster relief bill to provide much-needed funding to areas of the country experiencing climate-related emergencies was all set to be signed into law by President Trump before Congress closed its doors for Memorial Day recess. That was, until one member of Congress raised objections to the legislation on the House floor.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 24, 2019


MAY10

Congressional Fight Over Disaster Relief Doesn't Bode Well for Appropriations Talks

Although the House is surprisingly on-schedule in producing appropriations legislation, a separate funding bill foreshadows potentially difficult reconciliations with the Senate when fiscal year 2020 spending is debated.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 10, 2019


MAY03

Though 2020 Federal Funding Bills’ Futures Unclear, Representatives Release Robust Health Spending Plans

While there is bipartisan desire to avoid a government shutdown by funding the federal government for fiscal year 2020, beginning October 1st of this year, lawmakers have to agree on the basics of federal yearly spending before doing so – and then will still need to convince President Trump to sign a bill with higher spending plans into law.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 03, 2019


APR12

Democratic Divisions Signal a Bumpy Road for Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations

Just because House Democrats hold the majority in their chamber doesn’t guarantee federal spending discussions for fiscal year 2020 will be any smoother than those in past years. In fact, the spectrum of interpretations of Democratic beliefs, particularly between career leadership and newly elected representatives, may present as much a challenge to reaching a final funding deal as Republican opposition.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 12, 2019


MAR15

New Funding, Same Old Cuts: Domestic HIV Funding Increase Overshadowed by Larger Cuts in President's Budget

In the wake of the Trump administration’s unveiling of their Ending the HIV Epidemic plan, high ranking administration officials reassured advocates on multiple occasions that the funding being set aside for implementation of the plan would be new money and not taken from other existing programs that benefit those living with and affected by HIV. While they were technically correct, the fact remains that the new domestic HIV funding was placed in a budget that would slash spending on HIV housing, global HIV aid, and health care and social services in general.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 15, 2019


MAR08

In Congress, Budget Season is Just Beginning

With the President’s fiscal year 2020 budget request expected to be released next week, legislators are kickstarting this year’s federal funding process in earnest.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 08, 2019


JAN18

As Shutdown Talks Stall, Hardship Spreads to Federal Workers & Vulnerable Populations

28 days into what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, more and more Americans are being negatively impacted, but the Trump administration has refused to back down from their demand that any spending bill passed by Congress include $5.7 billion in funding for the President's border wall.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 18, 2019


DEC14

Out of Options, Congress Prepares for a "Trump Shutdown"

With only a week remaining for members of Congress to pass 7 appropriations bills and avert a partial government shutdown that would furlough hundreds of thousands of workers and potentially disrupt funding for federal programs, Congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle are seemingly out of ideas on how to deal with President Trump and his insistence on $5 billion for his border wall that Democrats are determined not to give him.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 14, 2018


DEC07

As Congress Avoids Another Shutdown, the Fate of HIV Housing Money Remains Uncertain

Both the House and the Senate passed a 2-week continuing resolution to fund the federal government at Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels through December 21st, avoiding a partial government shutdown. Unlike last December, when Congress approved a continuing resolution for the entirety of the federal government’s spending, this year they only had to pass a CR for 7 of the year’s 12 spending bills.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 07, 2018


SEP28

Amidst Chaos, Congress Quietly Makes Progress on Opioid Legislation and Appropriations

Earlier this week, House and Senate negotiators came to a final agreement on a package of bills primarily aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and, to a lesser extent, the epidemic levels of substance use and overdose in the country as a whole. At the same time, legislators have also made historic strides in the fiscal year 2019 appropriations process

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 28, 2018



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